Former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was hospitalized in Las Vegas for a blood clot after arriving at a retail convention this past weekend. Barry, 76, had been at the airport waiting on a flight out of Memphis with about a dozen other elected officials.
The Council member tweeted, “Got a blood clot while waiting on plane in Memphis.” He added, “Taking blood thin[n]er. I thank God it was caught.”
He was having dinner after arriving in Vegas when he started to feel pain in his leg and was taken to the Sumerlin Hospital.
The often controversial Barry also took the time to stick his foot in his mouth, which he later apologized for. The problem is last month during a council meeting he stated, “We’ve got to do something about these Asians coming in, opening up businesses, those dirty shops. They ought to go, I’ll just say that right now, you know. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.”
While tweeting from the Las Vegas hospital on Sunday, he posted a message that read he was being treated well due to that “kind professional Filipino staff,” after mentioning the high number of immigrant nurses in the hospital.
After apparently re-offending some with that comment he tweeted, “I stand corrected; I truly didn’t mean 2 hurt or offend.”
“Just met w/the hematologist who said I can leave, but have 2 stay on blood thinners, exercise everyday and on plane, take it easy next few days,” Barry tweeted on Monday morning.